10 Albums I Love – Cameron Knopp, Never Loved

Love 00s emo, big choruses and contemporary pop-punk? Well, Never Loved are the band for you. In May, the three-piece released their debut record Over It and we caught up with frontman Cameron Knopp about some of his favourite albums.

Lydia – Illuminate

This album is perfect for late night drives on the highway. As soon as I heard the track ‘This Is Twice Now’ I immediately checked out the whole record and fell in love. When we do long overnight drives on tour this album usually finds its way on the playlist.

Armor For Sleep – What To Do When You Are Dead

WTDWYAD has to be the best concept album of all time. Listening to this record is a journey. It hits hard at times, pulls back, and goes through so many emotions. As a musician, this album has had such a huge influence on me. It still doesn’t feel real that we are touring with them on the anniversary tour of this album. (PS: this is another great late night drive album!)

Best Coast – Crazy For You

There is so much I love about this album, but one of the things that sticks out the most to me is the production. It’s so lo-fi, washy, and it puts you in a daze: this album has a “vibe”. Living in South Florida, I’d always play this album on a sunny summer afternoon whether it’s at home or cruising around with the windows down.

A Rocket To The Moon – On Your Side

Talk about an album full of catchy hooks and lyrics! I love how fun and groovy this album is; every song on this album is a banger. When I first started writing melodies, this album was a huge inspiration for me.

Paramore – Brand New Eyes

I love all of the vibes on this album. There’s tension, melancholy, sadness, etc. This is easily my favourite album by Paramore. I love the guitar work, lyrics, and how explosive some songs are. This is another album that I listen to front to back. (PS: surprise, another late night drive album).

Arctic Monkeys – AM

A COOL album, literally… COOL. The song writing  is amazing. I love all of the retro vibes and production. After hearing this record I definitely started using a slap delay on my vocal chain a lot more. Everything about this album is so sleek and I love it.

Bring Me The Horizon – Sempiternal 

I’ve been a huge BMTH fan going all the way back to Count Your Blessings. I really enjoyed Suicide Season, however fell off after There is a Hell…. When BMTH came back with “Sempiternal” I was blown away. As a songwriter, I’ve always admired BMTH’s ability to grow as a band yet not depart from who they are. I think they’re a band that does that best and it’s been an inspiration for me when it comes to evolving as an artist.

The Starting Line – Direction

‘Island’ has to be one of my favorite songs of all time. I’ve always been a fan of The Starting Line, but really loved how they changed it up on this album. Kenny Vasoli has such a unique voice and his melodies are incredible. This was an album that I got really into during my first year of college and definitely had an impact on me as a writer.

Green Day –American Idiot

American Idiot was the first album I ever bought on CD. I was around 7 and found this CD at a Best Buy. I remember listening to this on my CD player and being blown away. This album has always been and will always be a huge influence on me as a musician.

Weezer – Weezer (The Blue Album)

This honestly was an album that I never really got into until the recent few years. I always knew of the hits, but not the rest of the songs. I must say they are a big influence on all of the barred chords we use in Never Loved. One of my favourite tunes off this album is ‘The World Has Turned and Left Me Here’. The Blue Album is an album I don’t think I could ever get sick of.

You can listen to Over It by Never Loved here.

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